Good Afternoon Community:
Based on the evolving conditions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and after communication with the Commissioner of Education’s Office, neighboring districts, and the Board of Health, the Worthington School District, has made the decision to close beginning March 16, 2020 with a tentative opening of March 30, 2020. Based on this closure our last day of school for Worthington this year will be Friday, June 18. This closure is purely precautionary to prevent possible virus transmission, as well as, to enable time to fully clean our building and assess the situation as it evolves. Throughout the closure, the situation will continue to be assessed, and if there needs to be a change in the tentative opening, families will be notified as soon as that decision is made.
This is an unprecedented time for all of us and I want to acknowledge the anxiety we all are experiencing due to COVID-19. At this time, there are no known cases in Worthington. We also understand that keeping students home represents a tremendous challenge for many families. Please continue to monitor the Department of Public Health website for updates.
This is a time to continue to closely communicate, work together, and acknowledge our mutual commitment to the health, safety, and education of our children.
Please note there will not be any staff at the school to answer phones for the next two weeks. Please email me directly with any updates on students and family members who are symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID-19 even through the school closing period. I will be available via email if anyone has any questions. Please allow 24 hours for a response as I am experiencing a higher than normal number of emails per per day.
This afternoon, I am meeting with faculty to discuss how best to support our students during this closure. On Monday, I will send a SwiftK12 notice with more information.
Thank you for your care and concern during this unprecedented time. I am incredibly grateful to work with such a dedicated faculty and supportive community.
Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, Superintendent/Principal